The Washington Capitals have played in two outdoor games and it looks like a third could be in the works at a location you would not expect.
In his weekly 30 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman wrote the NHL is considering playing outdoor games at Army and the Naval Academy, the latter of which would likely be a home game for the Caps.
The league has something interesting brewing with some branches of the military. We’ve mentioned before the idea of playing at Army, with the Rangers as the visiting team. It sounds like they are also considering the Naval Academy, too. No one is saying what this all means right now, but I have to assume that would be a Washington game. And it’s also possible the games would be played simultaneously or at least on the same day.
Annapolis, Md. is roughly a 45-60 minute drive from Washington, D.C. so it would certainly make sense for this to be a home game for the Capitals.
Though Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Navy’s football stadium, has a capacity of only 34,000, the NHL has already showed it's not opposed to playing in smaller venues. The 2016 Heritage Classic was played at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg and that stadium actually seats slightly fewer than 34,000. The smaller capacity, however, would almost certainly mean this game would be a Stadium Series event rather than a Winter Classic.